Fat Joe Shouts Out S-xyy Red, Hilariously Mispronounces ‘SkeeYee’ at 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards
Fat Joe found himself at the center of playful banter following a S-xyy Red-related slip-up at the 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards. The seasoned Bronx rapper took the reins as the host for the annual awards show, a spectacular event held at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 3, and broadcasted to fans nationwide on Tuesday, October 10.
In his opening remarks, Joey Crack endeavored to pay homage to the emerging St. Louis rapper by alluding to her chart-topping track and distinctive ad-lib, “SkeeYee.” However, his pronunciation left something to be desired, drawing a mix of good-natured chuckles from the audience.
“Yes indeed! Shout out to DaBaby, shout out to S-xyy Red. SkeeYoo!” he proclaimed, eliciting a smattering of awkward laughs from the crowd. Even S-xyy Red herself couldn't resist reacting to the moment, leaving a comment on The Shade Room‘s Instagram post with a string of crying face emojis.
Fat Joe said “SKEE-YOUU” instead of “SKEE-YEE” when he shouted out S~xyy Red 😂😭— WhatsOnRap (@whatsonrap) October 11, 2023
Nevertheless, one astute observer came to Fat Joe's defense, noting that his late friend and collaborator Big Pun once dropped a similar "Skee-Yu!" on “It’s So Hard.” This insight suggests that Fat Joe might have been referencing that iconic moment.
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Despite the ad-lib slip-up, Red undeniably left her mark on the 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards, gracing the stage not once, but twice. The 25-year-old dynamo helped kickstart the show with a high-octane performance of “Shake Sum’n (Remix)” alongside DaBaby. Later, she took the spotlight in a solo medley showcasing her biggest hits, including “Pound Town,” “Shake Yo Dreads,” and, naturally, “SkeeYee.”
This tour de force performance was yet another milestone in Red's meteoric rise, with “SkeeYee” climbing to an impressive No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking her highest-charting hit to date. The industry can only anticipate more greatness from this talented artist as her star continues to ascend.